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Southern Eyes

As far as holidays go, Halloween is a funny one to me. It's filled with controversy -- some churches/religions say it's an evil holiday, others hold their own parties.

Powers-that-be debate and pull strings over if daylight saving time should end before Halloween or after.

There have been reports that candy makers push the decision, although the reports I read were contradictory over whether the sweet makers wanted the change made before or after.

Those same reports also credit electric companies, energy conservationists, golf courses, ball stadiums, barbecue grill makers, farmers and convenience stores for being influential in the decision.

All I know is I'm going to thoroughly enjoy my "extra" hour on Sunday, then be in a temporary state of shock when I see it's dark and I'm not ready for it to be.

I remember reading somewhere some reasons to love Halloween. Since I don't remember the details, I can't quote them. So here's "Lynn's version":

1. Everybody everywhere has bowls of candy sitting around. And we wouldn't want to hurt their feelings by not eating it, especially if it's chocolate.

2. Cobwebs are the décor of choice. So, the more you have in your house, the more in style you are. The same goes for dried-up, dead houseplants and un-raked fall leaves on the lawn.

3. For months, you've smiled and said what an angel your neighbor's grandchild is.

For one day, you can freely call him or her a little monster, and your neighbor will still think you're the greatest.

4. You don't have to stand strong and limit the amount of sugar your child consumes. Each year in October, parental magazines print reports from doctors that "one day a year" of consuming colossal amounts of candy won't harm children. (I guess they forgot about Easter, Valentine's and Christmas, which come with their own candy-filled novelties and events). The dentists, however, stick to their well-versed sermon: The kids can eat the candy, but they have to brush their teeth afterwards.

5. (My favorite) You don't have to dress up for work. Just wear your housecoat and slippers and say you're in your Maxine costume.

The Mirror's office manager, Janet Wells, has a cartoon of Maxine on her cubicle.

Maxine is sitting at a computer, and she's saying "I keep hitting 'escape,' but I'm still here." If I admit I laughed and tried that, you might think I don't like my job.

But actually, I do. It's full of fun, like tonight for Jack O Lanterns on Journal Street, when the kids will come in their costumes for a parade, trick-or-treating and games.

I hope to see y'all here. But if the chocolate's all gone, don't blame me.

Web posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009

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